A change of com­mand

Cap­tain James Skafte new com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Bridgetown army cadets

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR BRIDGETOWN, N.S.

It’s time to say both good­bye and hello.

A change of com­mand cer­e­mony was re­cently held by the 686 Pass­chen­daele Royal Cana­dian Cadet Corp in Bridgetown with Cap­tain James Skafte tak­ing over du­ties from long­time CO Cap­tain Dean Tidd.

Tidd had as­sumed com­mand in 2010 af­ter a long ca­reer in both cadets and the re­serves.

Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer for the change of com­mand cer­e­mony was Ma­jor Mike Bob­bitt of the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment who is presently the ‘A’ Com­pany com­mand­ing of­fi­cer.

The change of com­mand in­cluded a gen­eral salute and a corps in­spec­tion.

Skafte grew up in Bridgetown and joined 686 Pass­chen­daele in 1997 as a cadet and joined the Cadet In­struc­tor Cadre in 2000 and be­gan as a pla­toon com­man­der with 686. He’s served as train­ing of­fi­cer with 686 for a to­tal of 12 years and while study­ing at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity served with 681 Tantra­mar RCACS as the sup­ply of­fi­cer and later with 88 Truro RCSCC as the of­fi­cer in charge of marks­man­ship biathlon.

Skafte, has com­pleted many spe­cial­ist cour­ses in­clud­ing range safety of­fi­cer, unit hu­man rights ad­vi­sor, cold weather in­doc­tri­na­tion train­ing, and flat-wa­ter ca­noe in­struc­tor. He has served as range safety of­fi­cer for zone marks­man­ship and zone biathlon com­pe­ti­tions, and team leader in the ex­pe­di­tion pro­gram.

He has also served as a pla­toon com­man­der at cadet train­ing cen­tres across Canada and ca­noe in­struc­tor at the Ju­nior Cana­dian Rangers sum­mer camp in Goose Bay in 2016. Skafte is mar­ried with three chil­dren, and when he has spare time likes hockey, scuba div­ing, rollerblad­ing, church, and spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

Tidd also grew up in Bridgetown and joined 686 RCACC in 1983 when the corps was restarted, at­tain­ing the rank of sergeant. He later served with the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment and with the Princess Louise Fusillers for a to­tal of 14 years. Although he left the re­serves in 1998, he re­joined in 2001 as a mem­ber of the cadet in­struc­tor cadre and served as train­ing of­fi­cer be­fore as­sum­ing com­mand of 686.

Also dur­ing the Dec. 11 pro­ceed­ings, Lori Hen­der­son re­ceived her ‘De­part with Dig­nity’ ac­knowl­edge­ment of 20 years of ser­vice with the Bridgetown cadets.

STEVE SKAFTE PHOTO

Cap­tain Dean Tidd, left, turned over com­mand of the 686 Pass­chen­daele Royal Cana­dian Cadet Corp in Bridgetown to Cap­tain James Skafte, right, ear­lier this month. The pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer was Ma­jor Mike Bob­bitt of the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment.

STEVE SKAFTE PHOTO

Cap­tain Dean Tidd, left, re­ceived a thank you plaque from new 686 Pass­chen­daele Royal Cana­dian Cadet Corp Com­man­der James Skafte at a change of com­mand cer­e­mony Dec. 11 in Bridgetown.

STEVE SKAFTE PHOTO

Pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Ma­jor Mike Bob­bitt of the West Nova Sco­tia Reg­i­ment, and new 686 Pass­chen­daele Royal Cana­dian Cadet Corp Com­man­der Cap­tain James Skafte, in­spect the troops dur­ing a change of com­mand cer­e­mony in Bridgetown.

STEVE SKAFTE PHOTO

Lori Hen­der­son re­ceived her ‘De­part with Dig­nity,’ or ac­knowl­edge­ment of 20 years of ser­vice with the Bridgetown cadets, from Na­tional De­fense Head­quar­ters signed by Brig-Gen K. L. Woiden.

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